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Arkansas volleyball travels East

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas volleyball travels East

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas volleyball team hits the road for a pair of Southeastern Conference Eastern Division match-ups at South Carolina and No. 11 Florida this weekend. Arkansas (6-15, 3-8 SEC) is coming off a thrilling five-set home win over Auburn Sunday and hopes to carry that momentum into Friday’s match at South Carolina (16-6, 7-5 SEC). “We played as hard as we could in the final sets and I was so pleased at how we finished that match,” said Arkansas head coach Robert Pulliza. “We want to pick up where we left off as we head into this weekend.” Arkansas faces 11th-ranked Florida (17-2, 11-1 SEC) Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Razorbacks have been paced by the senior leadership of Christina Lawrence who leads the team hitting .302 on the year. Lawrence is averaging 3.07 kills-per-set and 1.43 digs-per-set. But Lawrence isn’t a one-woman show. Arkansas has been balanced this year with freshman Kelli Stipanovich, sophomore Heather Royal and junior Kristin Seaton all contributing. Stipanovich is averaging a team-best 3.12 kps with Royal and Seaton overcoming hand injuries to stay in the lineup. Arkansas has bounced back and forth in both the setter and lately the libero positions. Senior Caira Dortch and junior Lindsay Scanlan both bring very different elements to the table and Pulliza has swapped them out based on how Arkansas matches up with its opponent. Redshirt freshman libero Phoebe Bautista has seen much of the season as the starter in that position but sophomores Mackenize Rhae and Lauren Fielding have added some defensive balance in the back court. Arkansas’ middles continue to improve with each match as well. Senior Yun Tang recently posted a career-best 10 kills and hit .412 in an SEC match while sophomore Hillary McCormick has worked her way into the starting lineup. “We have a lot of people who can contribute,” said Pulliza. “In fact, it takes all of us to do well in each match to be successful.” The SEC season is quickly winding down. Arkansas returns home hosting Tennessee and Kentucky Nov. 7 and 9, respectively, and has just five regulars season matches remaining.



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